Bangladesh's initiative to encourage a culture of innovation by instituting the “UNESCO-Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman International Award” earned plaudits recently, at the UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development or Mondiacult 2022 held in Mexico.
The final declaration got adopted by the world leaders who agreed to establish an innovation economy, among other things.
Organised with the global goal of establishing the role of culture in sustainable development, this international conference was attended by 136 cultural affairs ministers and state minister level leaders, diplomats, cultural activists, organizers and civil society individuals from 150 countries of the world.
A delegation of 3 members led by Bangladesh's State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid, Ambassador of Bangladesh to France and UNESCO Khandaker M Talha and First Secretary Md Walid bin Kashem participated in the conference.
At the conference, Khalid was invited to share his speech at the 'Future of Innovation Economy' Minister-level round table meeting, he thanked UNESCO for formulating the 'UNESCO-Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman International Award' in the innovation economy sector in 2020.
“The innovation economy will play a role as a renewable regulator in the implementation of sustainable development goals and will play an effective role in protecting neglected cultural heritage in different parts of the world,” KM Khalid said at the meeting.
He also called for cooperation among international leaders to develop a culture that is safe, accountable, and controlled.
A proposal has been made for the teaching of culture in educational institutions as a response to the conference's identification of education and culture as complementary to one another. Additionally, in order to meet the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, all nations are urged to develop cultural policies and update them as needed.
In Bangladesh, the National Culture Policy was formulated in 2006 and is currently undergoing modernization.
Mondiacult 2022 was organized by UNESCO as a continuation of the detailed action plan conducted globally to implement the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015. The last international cultural conference of this scale was held in Mexico in 1982.